Mercedes has introduced the fastest AMG GT R of them all: the GT R PRO.
We’ve been suitably impressed with Mercedes’ ability to create a fast car when they really want to, with the GT R hitting well above what its power numbers would indicate. Now, the German luxury carmaker is back with a new version of the GT R made specifically to dominate the track using technologies pioneered in their GT3 and GT4 racing divisions.
It’s called the GT R PRO, and we’ll get the disappointing news out of the way first: it has the exact same power figures as the regular GT R. That means the 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 still produces 585 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, zero to sixty is still done in 3.6 seconds, and top speed is still around 198 mph.
What the GT R PRO does have over the GT R is a brand new adjustable suspension, more downforce from aerodynamic tweaks, and anew track package that will only be available in Europe.
The GT R PRO’s new suspension comes directly from their GT3 and GT4 racers. New adjustable coilovers allow the driver to tune-in their car for the specific track they’re racing on, while a new adjustable carbon fiber front torsion bar does the same.
More downforce is supplied through the use of a larger front splitter, added fins over the body, and a rear wing gurney lip. The GT R PRO also gets new lightweight alloy wheels so it spends less time pushing rubber in circles and more time pushing the car forward.
On the inside, the GT R PRO gets an all-new interior including a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment on the center console. The instrument cluster can come in “Classic”, “Sporty” or “ Supersport” display modes, with Supersport taking a shift prompt from GT3/4 race versions for the car.
Mercedes has made their drive select mode a little more complicated through the use of a nested AMG DYNAMIC SELECT program. First, you select either "Basic", "Advanced", "Pro" or "Master", and then you select the terrain in Basic to be either “Slippery” or “Comfort”. It’s a little weird, and we’ll have to see it in action before we can say much more about it.
For Europe only, the GT R PRO gets a track package with a roll cage, 4-point safety harness, carbon fiber bucket seats, and a fire extinguisher. This track pack helped push the GT R PRO to a time of exactly 7.04.632 minutes around the Nurburgring, which is almost 6 seconds faster than the 2017 GT R.
Expect to see the GT R PRO in dealer rooms sometime next year.